Disney World Rocks for Babies
by Debra Hadley
A Hug from Pooh
So many times, I've heard people say that they would never imagine taking their child to Disney World until they were five or six. So, when my husband's parents offered free lodging for us to join them at Disney World, I was very hesitant, anxious and excited. My children were 10 months old and 2 ½ years at the time. We decided to go and I will always remember that trip.
Let me just say that Disney World is set up for kids of all ages, but they rock when it comes to babies. As far as things to do for a baby, there were tons of things for him to ride, see and experience.
Although all he could do was crawl at the time, my little boy took delight in riding Dumbo and all of the rides in Toon Town. He loved the carousel, Peter Pan ride and the Magic Carpet ride too.
All of the characters everywhere made him squeal and he didn't want to leave the Daisy Duck water playground, where he could wear his bathing suit and catch water as it jumped across the ground.
We took a lightweight umbrella stroller for each child and took the bare necessities in order to travel lightly.
To our absolute delight, we found that they had several Comfort Stations geared especially for babies. This wasn't just a Family Bathroom. Inside the Comfort Stations, there were televisions, rocking chairs, high chairs, changing tables, private nursing rooms, bathrooms, a microwave, sink and all kinds of necessities available for purchase if you ran out or forgot something. They had the paper liners like they use at the doctor's office to cover surfaces and sanitizers everywhere.
After a couple of hours out in the heat, it was great to go inside and feed our little man a bottle and put him in a high chair for a little baby snack. By the time we got done, he was ready for napping in the stroller!
The cast members were very helpful and considerate of us having two small children. Our experience was so great that we took the children back when they were almost three and almost six and are taking them back again next month at four and seven.
In the months of September and October this year, Disney has free dining if you stay in one of their resorts. We were able to get a fabulous deal on our room, tickets and lodging by going in the off season.
Additionally, to help plan our first trip with babies, we used the site, http://www.tourguidemike.com/. You have to pay a fee to gain access to the information here (about $22), but when you plug in the dates of your trip and the ages of your children, you have access to tons of information and strategies for traveling with babies, children, teens, adults, and seniors. It was well worth the investment. In fact, we've used it every time since our children were babies. It's that good.
So, if you're hesitant about taking babies or small children to Disney World, I recommend you cast your worries aside and just enjoy. Based on our experience, Disney World is one of the most family friendly places on earth and we keep going back.
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